Spotlight- Maryland takes a stand to curb dietetic practice or nutrition advice by those not credentialed to do so
Hi folks! It has been a while. We have been very busy at Kindred Nutrition which is always a GREAT thing. This fall we have added a new dietitian, Dawn Frick RD,LDN, who will be working with our Healthy Gut, Picky Eating, Diabetes, and Weight Management clients. Stay tuned as we launch 4 new programs very soon. In the meantime I just wanted to include some regulations that were signed in 2014 regarding the unauthorized practice of dietetics in Maryland. The moral of the story is don't get nutrition advice from anyone who does not have the education or licensure to do so. Is Nutrition advice on shakes and fruit pills including in this? Yes! Wondering what dietetics or nutrition means? The definition is below the bill information. We at Kindred Nutrition take our education, licensure, registration and practice seriously and want to make sure you do too!
Bill Authorizing Cease and Desist Orders, Injunctive Relief, and Civil Penalties for Unauthorized Practice Signed By Governor on April 14, 2014
Senate Bill 379 – State Acupuncture Board and State Board of Dietetic Practice – Action and Penalties for Violations of Practice Acts and Supervisory Authority of Acupuncturists, Chapter 160 (2014) was signed by Governor Martin O’Malley on April 14, 2014. The legislation authorizes the Board to issue Cease and Desist Orders, obtain injunctive relief, and collect civil penalties for the unauthorized practice of dietetics in Maryland. The legislation is effective October 1, 2014.
House Bill 304 and Senate Bill 379
State Acupuncture Board and State Board of Dietetic Practice – Action and Penalties for Violations of Practice Acts, have been introduced during the 2014 Session of the Maryland General Assembly. These bills would authorize the Board to issue cease and desist letters for unauthorized practice and misrepresentation as a licensee and to assess a maximum civil fine of $50,000 for unauthorized practice. You may track these bills via the Maryland General Assembly’s website at:www.mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga.
noun plural but singular or plural in construction
Definition of DIETETICS
: the science or art of applying the principles of nutrition to the diet